A Look Ahead: 2017

With the arrival of 2017 comes the year I hope to publish Book #3! As I talked with my designer and illustrator about future projects, we all felt like one more alphabet book made sense, something to "complete" the series before venturing into another genre. This doesn't mean I'll never write about the ABCs again but [...]

By | January 10th, 2017|Self-publishing|2 Comments

A Look Back: 2016

Quite a bit can happen in one short little year Your alma mater magazine may place your picture here Your family may support you And little helpers cheer And that's not all that happened In my 2016 year Many schools made welcome To hear me share my book Son Corban clicked through PowerPoint And we found [...]

By | January 3rd, 2017|Self-publishing|4 Comments

A Monster Bash

This past Saturday, the Otsego District Library hosted a Monster Bash in honor of The Monsterbet. We were able to use all of our leftover supplies from our monster party at the Warsaw Community Public Library, which made it an incredibly affordable event. Eighty-nine people were in attendance, and we sold another great stack of books. [...]

By | October 13th, 2016|Self-publishing|0 Comments

The Monsterbet Book Launch Party

Last Saturday, we threw the party of our lives to officially launch our second book, The Monsterbet! We had coloring pages (<---they're free on our website), drawing prompts, a mix and match monster felt wall, monster puppets and pencils, build-a-monster creations, bookmarks, snacks, tattoos, and the rockingest photo booth our town has ever seen. I'll take some [...]

By | June 23rd, 2016|Self-publishing|0 Comments

How to market your self-published book

If you've been around here long, you know that I consider my books an extension of my family--my babies, if you will. And there's nothing more disappointing than for nobody to know about your new baby. When I published my first book and had that first copy in my hands, people started asking where they [...]

By | June 2nd, 2016|Self-publishing|0 Comments

Blurb vs. IngramSpark

I've shared a little about our publishing choices in previous posts, but today, I wanted to get more specific about the printing choices we've made. For your reference, we printed The Shoephabet with Blurb as a 60-page, 6x9" softcover trade book with economy color printing. With IngramSpark, we printed The Monsterbet as a 48-page, 6x9" soft and hardcover [...]

By | May 20th, 2016|Self-publishing|8 Comments

The Story of The Monsterbet

A few days ago, I shared the story of our first book, The Shoephabet. As promised, I'd like to now share our journey with our second book, The Monsterbet. When our first-born book was yet a baby, a good friend and fellow Grace alum Daniel Manduka (<---check out his website; can't wait to tap into even more of [...]

By | May 4th, 2016|Self-publishing, Writing|7 Comments

The Story of The Shoephabet

Many people have asked. (And many is an understatement.) Where did we get the idea for alphabet books? Why did we choose to self-publish? What company did we use? How did we go about making a book? And more. This post is a beginning of this conversation, though I'm sure there will be more to [...]

By | April 30th, 2016|Self-publishing|11 Comments